With the cold weather settled in, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging Oregonians to use heating appliances wisely.
“With the onset of cooler weather, I urge citizens to ensure all their heating appliances are in good working order,” Walker says. “Have your woodstoves, fireplaces, and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified specialist before using them. Portable space heaters also pose a high risk. Use these with extreme caution and follow our space heater safety tips.”
Although woodstove and fireplace-related fires are more common, the most deadly home heating fires result from combustibles too close to portable electric heaters.
Oregonians can keep themselves safer from heating-related fires using these safety tips.
Portable space heaters
Electric baseboard and wall heaters
Fuel-burning space heaters
Fireplaces and woodstoves
Smoke alarms and home escape plans
Carbon monoxide dangers
For more home fire safety tips, visit oregon.gov/osp/SFM/ pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx.
For smoke alarm information, visit oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx. For information on carbon monoxide and Oregon’s carbon monoxide law, visit oregon.gov/osp/SFM/ pages/commed_co_program.aspx